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Who can apply for a visa in Mexico?

Who Can Apply For A Visa in Mexico?

Most visa applicants over the age of 7 will be interviewed in person by a U.S. Consular Officer.   Although you may apply at any U.S. consular office abroad, it may be more difficult to qualify for a visa outside your country of residence.  Thus, applicants for visas should generally apply at the American Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over their place of permanent residence.  For example, those applying for visitor visas at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana should be Mexican citizens or hold legal Mexican residency and be able to demonstrate strong economic, familial, and/or social ties to Mexico.  If you are a Mexican citizen residing in Mexico, click here for more information on how to apply.

If you are a third country national currently working or studying in the United States, please read on to determine if you are eligible to renew your visa in Mexico. 

Third Country Nationals

In general, non-Mexican Nationals (“third country nationals” – TCNs) who live in the United States and who wish to renew their visas in Mexico may be eligible to do so if they are renewing within the same visa category. However, applicants who fall into one of the categories listed below may not apply in Mexico:

Who Cannot Apply in Mexico:

  • Third country nationals who are not resident in Mexico and who are applying for a B1/B2 visa (including B1/B2 renewals). 
  •  Applicants who entered the U.S. with a visa issued in their home country and changed status with Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. who seek a new visa in the new visa category.  .
  • Applicants who entered the United States in one visa category and are seeking to re-enter the U.S. in a different visa category. 
  • Applicants who have been out of status in the U.S. having violated the terms of their visas or having overstayed the validity indicated on their I-94s. 
  • Applicants who entered the U.S. under the auspices of the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Applicants who obtained their current visa in a country other than that of their legal residence. 

 PLEASE NOTE:  If you were informed when you obtained the original visa in your home country that you are subject to National Security Entry Exit Registrations (NSEERs) or are a national of North Korea, Cuba, Syria, Sudan or Iran, you are not eligible to renew your visa in Mexico. 

*TCN Visa Renewals– Before deciding to apply at a consular section in Mexico, third country nationals should keep in mind that traveling to the country may require the appropriate Mexican visa from a Mexican embassy or consulate before making the trip. Potential applicants should be sure they have a visa, if necessary, and are prepared to wait several days or longer in Mexico while their visa is being processed.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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